Five Centuries of Economic Growth in India: The Institutions Perspective

Bhattacharyya, Sambit (2011) Five Centuries of Economic Growth in India: The Institutions Perspective. In: Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics. Routledge, pp. 32-43. ISBN 9780415553971

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In this essay I present an analytical growth narrative of India since the sixteenth century. I argue that post independence economic performance is not entirely decoupled from the growth experiences in India during the Mughal and the colonial periods. Institutions perhaps play a key role in explaining economic performance over these periods. I present an analytical framework to understand how institutional change and other deep factors may have influenced economic performance in India during the pre-modern period, de-industrialisation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and post independence 'Hindu Growth' and boom. I argue that useful insights can be drawn by studying growth history of India in its entirety.

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Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:11
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